'Russia May Open its Own Econometrics School'
On September 20, the three-day international conference ‘Modern Econometric Tools and Applications’ came to an end at HSE’s Nizhny Novgorod campus. The conference was organized by the Higher School of Economics and the New Economic School (NES). Academics from Canada, France, Great Britain, and other countries discussed cutting-edge research in the field of theoretical and applied econometrics, in particular stochastic economic processes.
This was the first time an econometrics conference of such caliber was held in Russia, according to one of the conference’s organizers, Andrey Maksimov, who is a Professor in HSE Nizhny Novgorod’s Faculty of Economics. About a third of the speakers at the forum were from leading foreign research centers.
Noting the high level of work presented at the conference, Professor Rustam Ibragimov of Imperial College London emphasized that econometric analysis allowed for mathematical models to be created, on the basis of which processes could be forecast that worry the majority of the population: inflation, exchange rates, oil prices, etc. Eric Gautier, a specialist in probabilistic statistics and a Professor at the Toulouse School of Economics, added that econometrics implies the presence of a serious mathematical basis for research and education, something Russia has always been strong in. According to Gautier, the fact that the names of American academics are more commonly heard in the field of econometrics does not give reason to doubt that Russia can have its own econometric school.
In organizing the conference, its initiators set before themselves challenges associated with the development of econometrics schools in Nizhny Novgorod and at foreign universities that employ Russian academics. According to HSE Professor Andrey Maksimov, it was important for the organizers to provide students of Nizhny Novgorod’s universities with the opportunity to communicate with recognized experts in econometrics and to some extent feel like part of the global academic process.
‘Communication with world-class scientists is certainly an invaluable experience for a young researcher. I'm sure that a great future lies ahead of such a difficult science as econometrics. Not everyone is given the ability to develop new research tools, and I am really glad I was able to attend the experts’ speeches,’ according to fourth-year student Alexander Bednyashin of HSE’s Faculty of Economics.
New Economic School Professor Stanislav Anatolyev, a renowned expert in the field of econometrics, believes that now, given the economic situation, it is necessary to spend effort, time and money on the education of future econometricians. This includes holding similar conferences on a regular basis. Assessing the potential of the Nizhny Novgorod students, Anatolyev, who has come to HSE Nizhny Novgorod lectures on theoretical and applied econometrics on several occasions, added that students’ overall level of preparation pleases him. He noted, however, that he believed students would do well to take more initiative in research.
On October 2-4, HSE University hosted the international conference Trends in Logic 19. Current Issues in Philosophical Logic for the first time in Russia. The conference, which attracted a number of prominent Russian and international scholars, was organized jointly by the journal Studia Logica and the HSE International Laboratory for Logic, Linguistics and Formal Philosophy.
On October 2 and 3, HSE University simultaneously celebrated two anniversaries of Russian-Dutch academic cooperation: the 25th anniversary of joint educational programmes between HSE University and Erasmus University Rotterdam, and the 10th anniversary of the Dutch educational center, Nuffic Neso Russia, with which HSE has a long-standing partnership.
The Second Russia-China Education Research Conference – Digital Transformation of Education and Artificial Intelligence – was held last week at HSE University. Researchers from the two countries discussed changes taking place in the national education systems thanks to the digital revolution, as well as what can be borrowed from mutual experiences.
The agreement provides for academic and cultural cooperation between the universities, student exchange, and joint research. HSE University and the University of Bergen have been partners in educational initiatives for eight years. The partnership began when the HSE Faculty of Law signed an agreement with the Norwegian university.
Economists and Researchers Gather at International Conference on Wealth and Income in Eastern Europe and CIS Countries
On September 17-18, HSE University hosted a special conference with the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW) on the topic of Experiences and Challenges in Measuring Income and Wealth in Eastern Europe and CIS Countries. This was the first IARIW conference to be held in a CIS country. HSE News Service spoke with American economist Barbara Fraumeni about her work with economic accounting and human capital and her experience attending the conference in Moscow.
On September 20, HSE University Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Italian Republic Pasquale Terracciano signed a cooperation agreement between the Embassy of Italy and HSE University.
On September 23-24, the CCCP19 Symposium ‘Cognition, Computation, Neuroeconomics and Performance’ will be held at HSE University. The goal of the symposium is to exhibit cutting edge research at the CCDM, a leading cognitive neuroscience research centre in Russia, and LNC2, a leading European research centre in neuroeconomics, cognitive neuroscience and neural theory. Ahead of CCCP19, the HSE News Service spoke with the conference organizer and several invited speakers about the plan for this symposium and the importance of their research in the field.
The Second ICEF Conference in Applied Economics will be held at HSE University on September 14. The HSE News service spoke with organizers and participants about the upcoming full-day event, which features eight papers presented by renowned specialists from Russia and across Europe and concludes with an evening dinner.
On July 31, the II International Economics Olympiad (IEO) for high school students came to a close in Saint Petersburg. In the team competition, the Brazilian team won the gold medal, while teams from China won silver and bronze. One of Russian teams placed fifth.